Poverty in Ireland Doubles

Sean Healy, Director of Social Justice Ireland(Photo: DENIS MINIHAN)

By Irish America Staff
April / May 2015

The latest CSO figures in Ireland uncover a troubling statistic regarding Ireland’s poor.

The figures show that poverty has doubled in Ireland since 2008. One in six children and one in ten people over 65 are at risk of poverty, with 1.4 million people currently experiencing some kind of deprivation, an increase of 128% since 2008. While the poverty line has itself fallen to 16%, one in seven people continue to live in poverty.

Upon hearing the chilling statistics, Dr. Sean Healy, Director of Social Justice Ireland, said, “This is an indictment of Government policy and highlights its failure to protect the most vulnerable.” ♦

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